Six dead in crash after SUV collides with road train on Stuart Highway near Pine Creek
- Six people killed in horror crash in Northern Territory
- A Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a road train
- NT Police at the scene this weekend
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Six people, including a baby, were killed after their all-terrain vehicle collided with a truck.
Northern Territory Police continue to investigate the catastrophic crash which occurred on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek, a small town in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, shortly before 5pm on Friday.
A Mitsubishi Pajero 4×4 with six people on board crashed into the road train before both vehicles caught fire, police said.
Detectives remained on scene Saturday.
“Police, firefighters and (paramedics) were confronted with a terrible scene and initially tried to save those who could be saved,” Superintendent Daniel Shean said. ABC.
Police have confirmed that six people, including a young child, died after a 4×4 crashed into a road train on Friday (photo, accident site).
Superintendent Shean confirmed that one of the victims of the accident was a very young child.
“The driver and passenger of the truck were evacuated to hospital, there was an infant who was found dead from the (four-wheel drive), and a number of people in the (four-wheel drive) had also died” , he said.
He stressed that the fire which broke out following the collision had caused “irreparable damage” to the vehicle “and the people inside”.
Detectives are working to identify the victims but their identities may not be confirmed for at least a week, police said.
The driver and passenger of the road train are in Royal Darwin Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Their truck was towing three trailers, two of which were filled with mangoes.
“I have witnessed a number of serious accidents during my career and this one is among the most serious in terms of severity of the accident, where we have a vehicle that went head-on into a truck,” Superintendent Shean added.
The Major Accident Investigation Unit will investigate whether a range of factors, including speed and attention, contributed to the incident.
A Mitsubishi Pajero 4×4 with six people on board crashed into the road train before both vehicles burst into flames on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek, a small town in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory (photo, police at the scene of the accident)
NT Police remained at the scene on Friday and put in place diversions for light vehicles along the Stuart Highway.
This has caused significant traffic delays, with motorists advised to avoid the area.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner on Friday urged anyone traveling in the area between 2.30pm and 4.45pm with dashcam footage to contact police.
“This incident has and will have an impact on a large number of people in the community and all efforts are underway to identify and trace the deceased and inform their next of kin,” he said.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the occupants of the four-wheel drive vehicle is also asked to contact police.